This procedure will take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2hours and will take place in the Cardiac Cath Lab at Allen Hospital. Depending on the procedural outcome, angioplasty or stent placement may be necessary.
DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight before your scheduled procedure date. You may have sips of water to take your medications. Your cardiologist will inform you of any meds that you should stop taking for your procedure.
Please come the Heart and Vascular Center on the South side of Allen Hospital. Please check in at the admissions desk on the second floor off of elevator G.
1. You may brush your teeth. Please avoid swallowing toothpaste or excess amount of water.
2. Take medications that you normally take in the morning, unless otherwise instructed from your cardiologist .
3. Please DO NOT apply creams or lotions.
Before your procedure, the nurses on 2 Heart will help get you ready for your procedure. They will ask many questions about your health history. They will also ask about your medications and which ones you took before coming to the hospital. They will also insert an IV. This allows fluids and medications to run quickly into your veins as needed. Your groin area may need to be shaved to allow better access for the catheter wire. Labs may also need to be drawn if they were not done prior to admission.
After the procedure, you will be brought back to your room and continue to be monitored. There may be a plastic tube or sheath that is in your wrist. This may come out after several hours and pressure will be applied. Medications for pain may also be given as needed. You will be allowed to eat after the procedure and will be given your regular medications as determined by the doctor. Your blood pressure, heart rate and groin site will be checked frequently.
In special circumstances, your cardiologist may feel it necessary for you to stay overnight. Overnight stays are recommended for stent placement. If this does happen, you will be admitted to 3 Heart Cardiac Floor on the 3rd Floor.
Your cardiologist will visit you after the procedure or test to discuss results or outcome. However, due to some of the medication used during the procedures, you may not remember the visit or be unclear about what was discussed.